Edric, Spymaster of Trest
Legendary Creature — Elf Rogue
Whenever a creature deals combat damage to one of your opponents, its controller may draw a card.
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Edric, Spymaster of Trest Discussion
1 month ago
Sana, Cunning Spymaster
Legendary Creature - Human Rogue
After all opponents have declared blockers, draw a card for each unblocked creature you control. Those creatures do not deal combat damage this turn.
, : Return Sana to her owners hand. Creatures you control are unblockable this turn.
Oops. Was checking this over and realized it's pretty much just Edric, Spymaster of Trest . Someone else should give this challenge a go.
2 months ago
Hey, I saw your comment. Is this an alternate account for twechsler or is this deck just inspired by theirs? Either way, I'll go into greater depth on some possible build paths. libraryjoy is correct in that if you're (mostly) mono-green, your best way to destroy creatures is often to take advantage of the abilities on your own creatures. You already have the deathtouch style shell so I'd just focus on that. But even with deathtouch, there are a fair number of options for guaranteeing that damage gets dealt. There are the bow/staff cards like I use in my artifact commander deck A Pile of Cans with the deathtouch from Sydri, Galvanic Genius . Then there's fight effects which you can see working with Wren's Run Packmaster in my wolfless wolf deck Size of the Fight in the Dog (although this strategy doesn't require DT if your creatures have high enough power). A final approach is forced combat damage. Since it's been mentioned the least, that's what I'll focus on here.
Forced block cards like Lure , Gift of the Deity , Indrik Umbra , Ochran Assassin , Roar of Challenge , Tempting Licid , Provoke , Irresistible Prey , or Tangle Angler are the core of such a deck. Most of these cards are rather costly in terms of CMC, and I'd consequently only recommend such a deck for slower casual play. It should be pretty strong in creature-heavy metas though. If that sounds reasonable, the next thing you have to decide on are the creatures and supporting cards. These choices aren't always obvious because of the many things a deck like this wants. For example, it may be better to play cheap deathtouch creatures like Deathcap Cultivator , Gifted Aetherborn , Narnam Renegade , Wasteland Viper , and Nightshade Peddler so you can start controlling the board sooner. But if all your DT creatures have low power, they'll only be able to kill 1 or 2 things off a big forced block. Thus, it may be better to instead grant deathtouch with other cards like Basilisk Collar , Deadly Allure , Virulent Swipe , Bow of Nylea , Archetype of Finality , or Ohran Frostfang . Then, you could just run creatures with high attack for their cost. Still, I think there's something to be said of looking for other abilities that interact well with deathtouch. First strike and double strike are the most obvious examples because they can let your creatures survive combat to attack all over again on later turns. Viridian Claw , Glissa, the Traitor , and Grappling Hook see play in such decks for this reason. Alternatively, you can learn from the synergy of the Frostfang that abilities triggering on face damage pair well with deathtouch. Only a fool would block your 1/1 DT with their 3/3, but if that 1/1 is drawing you a card, suddenly that trade sounds more appealing. Cold-Eyed Selkie , Dimir Cutpurse , Edric, Spymaster of Trest , Oakhame Adversary , Ohran Viper , Tomebound Lich , Fynn, the Fangbearer , and Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons are some cards that might fill this role.
I know I've just rattled off a lot of cards here. I'll try putting together a casual deck to demonstrate what I'm talking about when I find the time.
As an aside, I see that you've included Novablast Wurm as the only meaningful white spell in this version of the deck. It's too slow to see play in anything but ramp, but it can definitely be built around as a beefy Wrath of God too. Consider using something like Heroic Intervention or a Dauntless Escort sacrifice to break the symmetry on the board wipe. Also, creatures that grant boons on death like Thragtusk or Wurmcoil Engine could find a home in a self-wipe deck, although the Wurm might be outclassed then by something more traditional like Austere Command , Settle the Wreckage , Kindred Dominance , or Phyrexian Rebirth .
2 months ago
Edric, Spymaster of Trest is the man! He is built with a ton of unblockable/flying 1 drops, which draw a ton of cards each turn, drawing more creatures, which draws more cards, etc...
Load it up with counterspells and a few extra turns/ Overrun cards and you've got yourself a super-budget card advantage engine that produces a strong snowballing effect on the battlefield. It's my pet deck and I think it'll be right up your alley!
2 months ago
YES! I built an Edric, Spymaster of Trest deck with only commons and uncommon creatures that were small and hard to block. Cards like Faerie Seer , Slither Blade , and Invisible Stalker make some great card draw, and your wincons can be things like Overrun and Triumph of the Hordes . Throw in some non-rare counterspells like Counterspell and Arcane Denial and you're off to the races.
2 months ago
Derevi is a great choice for the general. The strategy I would go for personally when it comes to Derevi is low-cost evasive creatures, Coastal Piracy effects, and land auras like Fertile Ground . The little dudes hit to draw you cards and untap your lands. This leads to snowballing damage as you are able to play more small doods, leading to exponentially more damage, draw power, and mana each turn.
Here are some other cards that would fit with such a strategy: Signal Pest , Topplegeist , Bident of Thassa , Reconnaissance , Ohran Frostfang , Edric, Spymaster of Trest , True Conviction , Wild Growth , Wolfwillow Haven , Soltari Foot Soldier , Gudul Lurker , Mist-Cloaked Herald , Slither Blade , Triton Shorestalker
2 months ago
Echoing Equation: Brudiclad is very sad that this card has a simic color identity (cough Thousand-Faced Heroics cough). Anyway, point this at Najeela, the Blade-Blossom or Ezuri, Claw of Progress and you'll likely threaten to kill someone. Xyris, the Writhing Storm can produce an absurd amount of sneks for similar results on the turn after, while Edric, Spymaster of Trest can probably make you deck yourself with a source of evasion
2 months ago
Hello fellow squirrel lover! Looks like a good start! Your legendary squirrel boy’s ability incentivizes a few things. For one’ evasion attacks turn into consistent card draw. Things like Hot Soup (with your indestructibility it negates the downside... and come one, squirrel soup man,!), Trailblazer's Boots and Prowler's Helm are all equipment that can ensure you get one or more activations of your commander every combat. The other direction is that he triggers on EACH creature that deals combat damage to a player, meaning you could also play little guys with evasion, kind of like an Edric, Spymaster of Trest deck... but more furry. Hope of Ghirapur , Treetop Scout and the like are all janky little guys that can help draw you more cards.
In terms of general squirrel support, Swarmyard is a utility land that can make things like Squirrel Mob a beast in combat, and it’s a bit expensive, but Earthcraft is an infinite combo with Squirrel Nest that’s sure to make your opponents go nuts (pun intended)
3 months ago
enpc Great detail, and I appreciate the insight. For some reason, I had thought Edric, Spymaster of Trest was banned. I'll work on clearing out some of the high-cost-low-function stuff, add a touch more ramp and draw, and see what happens. I guess I'm going to have to focus more on either Voltron or pillow fort.
As an aside, I'm poking around on EDHrec, and Atraxa seems to be most popular as the Superfriends/counters commander. Am I overvaluing the first four words in the text box, even as a potentially Voltron commander?